Choose your yes, and speak your no.

Please tell me I’m not the only person who has searched “how to say no” more than once. (Why, oh why, is it so hard?) Surprise: I’m a natural people-pleaser, often striving to out-perform and sometimes stretching myself too thin in the process. But you know what’s worse than saying no? Saying yes to the…

Gardening & parenting: planting seeds, sprinkling love.

We have our first little garden this summer. Maybe it’s my farm roots, maybe it’s my childhood memories of getting a little dirt under my nails, maybe it’s because life moves crazy fast these days—but I sure do love spending a little time out there every day. More than I thought I would. Almost daily,…

Good things come to those who… hush the hustle.

I have a sign in my office at work that says, “Good things come to those who hustle.” I loved it, until I hated it. It’s the opposite of waiting for good things to just happen. It’s a kick in the pants that our time here is brief and we’d better chase after the things…

8 years, 2 kids: Love looks different.

Love looks different these days. Here we are, eight years into married life (celebrating an anniversary just around the corner!), with two rambunctious kiddos vying for our attention every waking moment. It’s the best, and it’s hard. Gone are the days of ordering takeout and watching Netflix all day. Recently, we had a rare kid-free…

Lessons in Kindergarten class: extending a hand.

My daughter is five, and she’s headed off to Kindergarten next fall. She’s my girly girl, these days decorating her petite fingernails with every color of the rainbow and bedazzling her soft fingers with sparkly rings. We were at our 10-week Kindergarten prep class a few days ago, and she was being, well, a kid….

When you feel too busy for your own life.

I haven’t blogged in months. Months! And it’s driving me a little bonkers, to be perfectly honest. Maybe it’s moving to a new home, maybe it’s raising two energetic kids, maybe it’s keeping up with a full career. The days are few and far between when I can actually sit down in a quiet spot,…

Today: the beautiful present of the present.

In three short weeks we say goodbye to the place we’ve called home for over six years and hello to our sparkling new adventure. Right now, it’s easy to get sucked into the nightly rhythm of managing our stuff: purging, selling, organizing, packing. Boxes are stacked high in every corner. Supper is whatever’s left in the freezer,…

Why I choose to work outside the home.

I’ve been a work-outside-the-home mom for over four years now. Let me start this post by saying all moms work their tails off, and I completely respect everyone’s personal decision, whether it’s to stay home, work from home, work part time or juggle the full 8-5, M-F gig. No matter what you choose (or circumstances…

What it means to keep living.

A pretty sign above my sunny kitchen window softly whispers, “Keep living.” Kelby laughed when he first saw it. He said it reminded him of placing a “Breathe” tattoo on your wrist (which, I personally love) — as if you’ll forget to do it without the regular reminder. Actually, it’s easy to forget. Keep living….

Dear daughters, the world needs love.

Dear daughters,We live in a cruel world. There are angry people. Lonely people. Sad people. People who want to destroy other people. And sometimes, they do, whether with words or weapons. So, what do we do? How can we help the world heal? Love is the answer. Love people – even the mean ones. Especially the mean…